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When we first started writing Dinner Diary, we posted under the names of Fred and Ginger. When we started, it was really just for the two of us and it took a little while before we went public. We wanted somewhere to store our recipes and at the same time, we both began reading more and more food blogs. The idea of being able to look back in years to come at what we were eating appealed to both of us too.
We kept those pseudonyms for a little over a year but as we started to meet other food bloggers, it seemed silly to have to keep explaining ourselves so we eventually came out. We are Stephen and Kerri, we live in South West London and we like food.
Writing about food encourages us to be creative and try new things. In addition to providing us with an online recipe book, the blog is also a great inspiration when we’re stuck and don’t know what to cook. I can’t deny that building a collection of interesting crockery so that the pictures look different isn’t fun either!
Our philosophy is slightly different to most food bloggers in that we post almost everything that we cook, even if we’ve had it a hundred times before or if it doesn’t turn out well. Although we eat a variety of different dishes we do of course have our favourites which means some dishes are featured quite frequently, (roast chicken anyone?) and probably aren’t all that interesting as stand-alone posts. If we’re cooking something for the first time (which we still do pretty often) then we’ll usually include a recipe or at least a description of how we cooked it.
We use a Canon Eos 350D to take the pictures. To start with, we didn’t use any lighting, but we now use a Lowel Ego “digital imaging light”, particularly in the winter when it gets dark so much earlier. The light is fairly lightweight and can easily be popped onto the table for a picture and then packed away quickly so that we can get on and eat our dinner before it gets cold!
We experimented with a tripod too and while we initially thought it would be restrictive we got used to it quite quickly. We seem to have stopped using it so much recently but now the dark nights are upon us again, I expect it will make a re-appearance.